A New Era begins

The New Projects: Curtain Up for a New Era with Four Festivals.

“Lucerne Festival Forward!” will emphasize new, innovative developments in the field of contemporary music each November. Both artistically and programmatically, it will be defined by members of the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO). The Festival will moreover actively involve the public in the planning process through its digital communication channels. This newly conceived Festival orchestra for the music of our time comprises members of the international Academy network. The KKL Luzern serves as the Festival headquarters, but “Lucerne Festival Forward!” will perform throughout the city, involving all age groups, and will offer unusual concert formats and integrate new technologies. The inaugural “Lucerne Festival Forward!” will be held from 19 to 21 November 2021.
More details on the public development process for the program, which will be announced before the Summer Festival, will follow at the end of May. Starting in 2022, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra will open the Festival year annually on the weekend before Easter, under the direction of its music director Riccardo Chailly. A Mendelssohn Festival is planned for the first two years, coupling all of the composer's symphonies with music by his contemporaries Wagner, Schubert, and Berlioz, as well as his role model Johann Sebastian Bach. Following the great success of his Beethoven cycle at Lucerne Festival, pianist Igor Levit will curate a new piano festival. Beginning in 2023, he will present a long weekend each May in which he himself will not only perform but also introduce artist friends and ensembles from other musical genres.


Lucerne Festival’s New Look: Inspiration through Contrasts
At Lucerne Festival, young talent encounters established stars, tradition meets innovation, live concerts are presented alongside digital offerings, and Central Switzerland joins up with the wider world. The creative tension that emerges from this is a basic idea for the new brand identity, which was developed by MetaDesign. It is visually realized through juxtapositions: two colors, two images, and even the words Lucerne and Festival collide. From the logo through the imagery and the powerful colors to the signature font — the new visual look symbolizes the inspiring dialectic of opposites that opens new horizons.

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